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Nebraska advances bill to expand legal consumer fireworks

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Mar 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-30 12:56:17-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans who buy fireworks in-state could have more choices after lawmakers advanced a bill to broaden the kinds that can legally be sold. Senators gave the measure first-round approval with a 40-3 vote.

The proposal by Sen. Julie Slama, of Peru, is designed to give residents more choices without having to travel to neighboring Iowa or South Dakota, where regulations are more relaxed. It would define consumer fireworks based on how they’re classified under federal regulations.

Slama casts the bill as a matter of personal freedom, but some senators raised concerns about the impact of large, loud fireworks on neighbors and residents who suffer from wartime post-traumatic stress disorder.

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